Callerton Parkway

Callerton Parkway falls between the Airport and Bank Foot with no noticeable residential areas nearby so it’s hard to see why there’s any need for a station there at all. As such has one of the lowest passenger numbers. It does have parking though so can only assume that it’s used as a massive park and ride for Newcastle city centre or beyond.

Remember where we are though, this is Newcastle and no local housing estate doesn’t mean no local pub and a hop skip and jump away from the rather meager platforms of Callerton Parkway Station lies the Wheatsheaf.

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We don’t actually live too far from the Wheatsheaf and often run past it on my Saturday morning run being distracted by the glorious smells of bacon sandwiches as I try not to have a cardiac arrest. This is the first time I’ve ever actually been in though and it was all a bit, well, meh.

It’s attached at a Premier Inn, which will explain it’s location so close to the airport yet without having to charge Double Tree prices. It’s a Fayre & Square chain pub with a Wacky Warehouse attached which probably tells you all you need to know. If you’re looking for a cosy country pub with open roaring fires I’d walk a mile down the road to the Twin Farms if I were you. If you have a brood of kids who need entertaining or somewhere cheap and cheerful for a bite to eat before your jollies then it’s not the worse place in the world to spend a few hours. Basically, a session pub, this isn’t.

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If you’re a regular to the WBM series you’ll know there are two things that put me off a pub from the outset; plasma TVs and bandit game machines and the Wheatsheaf had an abundance of both. As well as the music playing (which wasn’t an unreasonable volume) you could also hear a Saturday evening episode of Pointless Celebrities in the background, which is beyond annoying, pick one or the other and stick with it!

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Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t the worse pub I’ve ever been in. The staff were super friendly, they had Landlord ale on tap, a bottle of house Pinot Grigio was only a tenner. We got 4 pub meals (an 8oz steak, a pulled pork burrito and two fish & chips) for £31 which, aside from being a bit measly on the chip portions were all pretty well cooked and tasty.

We were there at about 6.30pm on a Saturday evening and it was pretty quiet. I think it’s probably one of those places that gets its atmosphere depending on who they have staying at the hotel. It has a large conservatory and beer garden out the back so I imagine in peak holiday season there’s a lot more atmosphere.

Rumour has it it’s due a makeover as it’s recently been bought by another chain so I’d be interested to see what changes are made. It’s fine for dinner or a couple of drinks if you’re passing but certainly not somewhere that will blow your socks off.

Contact:

The Wheatsheaf, Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8DF
0191 2869254
See where else we’ve visited on our adventure here

 

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